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Use of Harvard’s Trademarks by Students and Student Organizations

All student group names incorporating any of the University’s trademarks, including the name Harvard, are owned by the President and Fellows of Harvard College (Harvard University) and, by extension, are used by permission of the University. In addition, the use of any of Harvard’s shields/logos by student groups is only by permission of the University. And, any use of Harvard’s names/logos by student groups or students must comply with all relevant University policies, including the Policy on the Use of Harvard Names and Insignias and that policy’s associated use-of-name policies and guidelines. 

The Trademark Program has established the following guidelines to help student organizations ensure that they represent their association with Harvard in an appropriate and accurate manner, as is required of all members of the Harvard community under the Use-of-Name policies. Specifically, the guidelines stipulate that all student organizations must clearly and accurately identify their association with the University in print and electronic publications, on websites, and in promotional materials and related activities so that the viewer understands that any given activity represented is that of a student organization and not an activity of the University or one of its schools or units: 

Design, Logo, or visual Representation

Review the guidelines for the creation of a new design, logo, or visual representation for an officially recognized student organization online here.

Publications

A student organization publication must bear a statement on its cover identifying that it is a publication of a student organization and the statement must be prominently placed and include the name of the school with which the student organization is associated, for example: “a publication of (name of the student group), an officially recognized student organization at (name of the relevant school).” Also, the identity statement that is used must be compliant with any supplemental guidelines established by the school with which the student organization is associated. In addition, the copyright page (or corresponding section) of the publication must state that “The Harvard name and the VERITAS shield are trademarks of the President and Fellows of Harvard College and are used by permission of Harvard University.” This statement can be modified to reflect the exact Harvard trademarks being used by the student group. 

Website

as is the case with publications, a student organization’s website must bear a statement prominently placed on its homepage identifying the group as “an officially recognized (name of relevant school) student organization.” The statement must include the name of the school with which the group is associated and must be compliant with any supplemental guidelines established by the student group’s school. In addition, the website’s homepage must state that “The Harvard name and the VERITAS shield are trademarks of the President and Fellows of Harvard College and are used by permission of Harvard University.” This statement can be modified to reflect the exact Harvard trademarks being used by the student group. 

Promotional Materials and Related Activities

The trademark guidelines also apply to student organization promotional materials and related activities. Thus, all brochures, posters, publicity materials, etc. related to any student group event or activity, whether taking place in the U.S. or abroad, must clearly identify the event/activity as being hosted by an officially recognized student group from Harvard Law School.

Ordering Apparel or Other Merchandise

Any student or student organization that wants to have apparel or other mercantile items produced bearing any of the University’s trademarks (e.g., Harvard, Harvard University, Harvard College, Harvard Law School, H, the VERITAS shield, etc.), including items bearing a student organization’s name that incorporates any of Harvard’s trademarks and/or logos, must seek approval from the Trademark Program before ordering such items (whether such items are for use by the student, student group, to give away, or to sell). The Trademark Program will provide guidance on how the trademarks may be used on the items, will assist the student or student group in selecting a licensee to produce the items (only official licensees of Harvard are permitted to produce mercantile items bearing the University’s trademarks), and will determine if the items being ordered qualify for royalty exemption. 

Student Organizations who want to order apparel or other merchandise should complete the following steps:

  1. Submit your design to a Harvard licensed vendor (email Sam Parker at saparker@law.harvard.edu for a list of licensed vendors)
  2. The licensed vendor will submit your design to Harvard Trademark automatically
  3. Harvard Trademark will contact you if necessary for information lacking in the request
  4. When they have complete information, Harvard Trademark will email Jeff McNaught, Senior Director of Student Affairs, for approval
  5. Jeff McNaught will approve the request or continue to work with the vendor and the students to come up with a solution

Have questions on your logo or design? Email Jeff McNaught at jmcnaught@law.harvard.edu.

Non-Harvard Groups

Non-Harvard groups are not permitted to use the name “Harvard” (alone or as part of another name) or any logos, seals, insignia or other words, names, symbols, images or devices that identify Harvard or any Harvard school, unit, division or affiliate (“Harvard Names”) for any purpose in connection with the use or occupancy of HLS space.

For any questions relating to Harvard trademarks or logos, you can contact the Harvard Trademark Program at trademark_program@harvard.edu. Additional information can also be found on the Harvard Trademark Program website.